To George W. Rives 
Dear Sir: May 7. 1849
Your letter of the 25th. ult was received on the 1st. Inst. You overrate my capacity to serve you. Not one man recommended by me has yet been appointed to any thing, little or big, except a few who had no opposition.
Besides this, at the very inaugeration I commenced trying to get a Minesota appointment for Dr. Henry, and have not yet succeeded; and I would not now, lessen his chance, by recommending any living man for any thing in that Teritory. It is my recollection that you sent me an application to be P.M. at Paris. Am I mistaken? Very truly Yours A. LINCOLN